Star young New Zealand galloper Cauthen will make his much-anticipated racetrack return at Trentham in Wellington on Saturday.
The Andrew Campbell-trained son of Darci Brahma was supposed to run in the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap last week, but Campbell withdrew the horse because the track was too firm.
Cauthen is accepted to start in the Three-Year-Old Premier over 1200 metres this Saturday, and Campbell says it is the fore-runner to starts in Australia in the Group 1 Futurity (1400m) and Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m), both at Caulfield, this morning’s NZ Racing Desk reports.
Cauthen had his Melbourne Spring campaign, aimed at the Caulfield Guineas, cut short when he came down with shin soreness and he immediately returned home to New Zealand.
Cauthen has been nominated for the Group 1 $500,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m), giving Campbell plenty of options with the talented three-year-old.
– NZ Racing Desk